[Most of the Huffington Post's aforementioned campaign of "Liberal Zionists Speak Out" were pretty bland as they all followed the same pattern: I'm a Zionist but I don't like some of the things Israel does so...whinge whinge whinge. However this one by Ruth Gavison got right down the bare bones of a discussion about Zionism in a straightforward way. Naturally, nobody noticed it.]
I believe that all and only people who adhere to all these statements can be called Zionists. I will not here elaborate further what they mean and why they are justified. The establishment of Israel and the present realities mean that today the last tenet can no longer be contested. Being a Zionist today means that one believes that these statements are still true for the Jewish people, so that the struggle to secure the continuation of the availability of political independence for Jews who want it, in Israel or abroad, is still important and required.
I thank the organizers for creating this opportunity. This is a conversation that must indeed be continued.